Google Maps User Spots ‘Chinese Propaganda’ Post Visible From Space
A Google Maps user was surprised to find a large message written in the dirt in China, and was told it could be a political message.
The English-speaking researcher took his query to Reddit after discovering the huge Chinese characters written in the ground near the Great Wall of China to see if anyone knew what they said.
He shared Google Maps coordinates with the group – 40.4499299, 116.5487750 if you’re interested – and asked, “What does it say?”
The first answer wasn’t exactly sure, but gave an idea of what it might be.
They said, “I cannot identify the first word. According to the first word, it should mean: i) For Chairman Mao ii) Beginning with Chairman Mao.”
The second respondent was a little more sure, writing, “That’s the correct translation. ‘Loyal to Chairman Mao’ or ‘My loyalty is with Chairman Mao’.”
A third agreed, commenting, “The first character means ‘loyalty’. So like the other commenter said. ‘Loyalty to Chairman Mao’.”
Obviously, we are not experts in Chinese language or politics, but if they both agree, we don’t have too much reason to doubt them, do we?
Mao Zedong – or Chairman Mao, as we have already seen nicknamed him – was the communist leader who founded the People’s Republic of China.
He ruled the country as chairman of the Chinese Communist Party – hence his nickname – from the country’s inception in 1949 until his death in 1976.
The existence of a large declaration in his honor has led some to believe that the message may have been placed there by the government as propaganda.
It’s a weird tactic, relying on people stumbling upon the gigantic post on Google Maps.
Maybe they wanted NASA to see it from space too?
One Reddit user wrote, “Wonder if this is government propaganda?”
Others chimed in to criticize the Chinese government, though they admitted it had nothing to do with what the message said.
One of those comments read, “F*** the Chinese government, that’s not what they say, just a fact.”
Someone else quipped, “That’s not how the word ‘fact’ works. ‘F*** the CCP’ is a statement and ‘The CCP commits crimes against humanity’ is a fact. .”
Everyone is entitled to their opinion on this one, and we’ll leave it at that.
Still, it’s awfully strange that there’s a big message written in the dirt near the Great Wall, isn’t it?